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Optimization with the evolution strategy by example of electrical-discharge drilling

: Streckenbach, J.; Santibáñez Koref, I.; Rechenberg, I.; Uhlmann, E.


International Joint Conference SOCO’17-CISIS’17-ICEUTE’17 : León, Spain, September 6-8, 2017, Proceedings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 649)
ISBN: 978-3-319-67180-2
ISBN: 978-3-319-67179-6
International Joint Conference SOCO?17-CISIS?17-ICEUTE?17 <2017, Leon>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPK ()

A key challenge in electrical discharge machining (EDM) is to find a suitable combination out of numerous process parameters. Any changes, concerning the electrode materials or geometries, require newly optimized technologies. These technologies are to be developed from a considerable number of experiments which must be carried out by an experienced operator. This paper presents a new method of finding the optimal parameters. It seems likely that the evolution strategy (ES), a stochastic, metaheuristic optimization method, offers the great advantage of finding solutions, even with little knowledge of system behaviour. The method involved a randomized and a derandomized ES, based on a non-elitistical (μ,λ)-evolution strategy with one parent and four children. The two ES were initialized from an unfavourable starting point (A) and from a favourable starting point (B), to investigate their effectiveness. We demonstrate that starting from the unfavourable starting point A the processing duration tero could be reduced by a maximum of 77% with a slightly smaller linear wear of the tool electrode ÎlE after 40 trials.